Five drivers who can win the lobster at New Hampshire
Picking a winner for Sunday’s New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a little harder than you would think.
Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers with three wins apiece at the 1-mile New England track.
Hendrick Motorsports has a series-leading nine wins at NHMS, as Joe Gibbs Racing is a close second with eight on the track’s all-time list.
And don’t forget Team Penske is on fire right now.
Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano have won three of the past four races, and both drivers are always strong at New Hampshire.
With that said, here are five drivers with the best shot at holding up "Loudon the Lobster" in Victory Lane on Sunday.
5. Kurt Busch – As mentioned above, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver has three victories at the Magic Mile. Currently 3rd in points, Busch is having a quietly consistent year so far. Along with a win at Pocono Raceway, he only has three finishes outside the top 10. Busch definitely has the chance to notch his second victory of the season on Sunday.
4. Jimmie Johnson – He hasn’t scored a top-five result since finishing third in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Since then, Johnson’s finishes are as follows – 35th, 16th, 13th, 35th, and 32nd. Why is he on this list you ask? Because he is one of the four active drivers with three wins at NHMS. This is a perfect weekend to turn things around. And not only that, but he’s "Six-Time," so you can never count him out.
3. Matt Kenseth – He, along with Kyle Busch, led a Joe Gibbs Racing sweep at New Hampshire last year. He’s also the last JGR driver to win a race after his Dover victory six races ago. Kenseth has a total of two wins and eight top fives in Loudon. After a solid eight-place finish at Kentucky, he could be the driver to stop the Team Penske dominance as of late.
2. Joey Logano – New Hampshire is a home track for the Middletown, Connecticut native. It’s also the site of his first Cup victory with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2009. Logano has two wins and five top fives in Loudon, with the last victory coming in 2014. He finished third in this race last year. On top of that, Team Penske has been on a roll. It’s going to be tough to beat them again on Sunday.
1. Brad Keselowski – He has one victory at New Hampshire after he and Logano swept both races for Team Penske at the track in 2014. But let’s not even look at the stats for this one. Bad Brad is on a summer hot streak. Keselowski has won the past two races — Daytona and last weekend at Kentucky — and he has all the momentum in the world to make it three in a row.